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  • Knee

  • When your knees don't work right, you life narrows one step at a time. The knee is the body's largest joint and supports nearly its whole weight.

    Knee pain can be caused by an acute trauma injury or a degenerative condition like osteoarthritis. We provide both surgical and minimally-invasive procedures so that our patients can continue living healthy, active lifestyles. Our team of orthopedic surgeons and physicians are trained and experienced in the most advanced treatments.


  • An ACL reconstruction is a surgery to rebuild the ligament in the center of your knee with a new ligament.


    ACL reconstruction surgery in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.The ACL keeps your shin bone in place. A tear of this ligament can cause your knee to give way during physical activity. If a torn ACL is not treated it can lead to tissue damage and early arthritis.

    An ACL reconstruction may be necessary for the following knee problems:

    • Knee that gives way or feels unstable during daily activities
    • Knee pain
    • Inability to continue playing sports or other activities
    • When other ligaments are also injured


    ACL reconstruction surgery is usually very successful. Surgery for reconstructing a torn ACL have greatly improved over the years. In the past, a torn ACL would end an athlete's career but the latest techniques for reconstruction have included less pain and stiffness, fewer complications with the surgery itself and a much faster recovery time.

    An Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury occurs when the ligament is stretched or torn.


    An ACL injury typically occurs from a hard hit on the side of the knee, overextension of the knee joinr or quickly stopping movement and changing direction while running, landing from a jump or turning.

    The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is located in the middle of the knee, to prevent the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone. An ACL injury typically occurs from a hard hit on the side of the knee, overextension of the knee joint or quickly stopping movement and changing direction while running, landing from a jump or turning.  

    Patients usually know that they have torn the ligament if there is a "popping" sound at the time of the injury, the knee swells and there is a lot of pain, especially when weight is placed on it. A torn ACL can be found with an MRI of the knee.

    Because an ACL injury most often occurs during sports, proper equipment and stretching is very important.

    A knee arthroscopy is a procedure that is done by making small cuts on the knee and looking inside using a tiny camera (arthroscope).


    A knee arthroscopy can be performed for the following knee problems:

    Knee arthroscopy in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

    • Torn meniscus
    • Torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
    • Swollen or damaged lining of the joint
    • Kneecap that is out of position
    • Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee joint
    • Some fractures of the bones of the knee


    A knee arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and repair various knee problems. Click here for more information regarding a knee arthroscopy.

    A meniscus tear is a tear in the cartilage (meniscus) of the knee.


    The meniscus serves as a shock-absorption system, assists in lubricating the knee joint and limits the ability to flex and extend the joint. Typically, a meniscal tear is most commonly caused by twisting or over-flexing the knee joint.

    Torn meniscus treatments in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

    When a meniscal tear occurs, the patient will experience the following symptoms:

    • A "pop" may be felt at the time of the injury
    • Knee joint pain when walking
    • Knee pain in the space between the joints
    • Locking of the knee joint
    • Recurrent knee-catching
    • Difficulty squatting down
    • Swelling in the knee joint


    A physician can determine a meniscal tear through an examination called the McMurray's test, knee MRI or knee joint X-ray.

    Known as the "wear and tear" arthritis, it is the most chronic form of arthritis affecting 33 million Americans.

    • Older patients are the most susceptible to osteoarthritis as the cartilage begins to break down and wear thin. Osteoarthritis treatments in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
    • Other factors that may lead to the premature thinning of cartilage include obesity, overuse of the hip from sports or other strenuous activities, or an injury that has damaged the cartilage.
    • Osteoarthritis does not cause fatigue or tiredness as many other types of arthritis do. Joint pain is often the only symptom.
    • Osteoarthritis can coexist with other forms of arthritis.

    A partial knee replacement surgery is performed to replace either the inside or outside parts of the knee.


    Knee pain quiz at Littleton Adventist Hospital Colorado.It is called a partial replacement because only one part of the damage knee is replaced. The partial knee replacement removes the damaged tissue and replaces it with a man-made prosthetic.

    The most common reason for a partial knee replacement surgery is to relieve symptoms and pain of severe arthritis. A partial knee replacement would be recommended for:

    • Symptoms of knee arthritis, including knee pain that keeps you up at night or prevents you from doing daily activities
    • Knee pain that continues despite other treatments


    Most patients recover quickly and have much less pain than prior to the procedure. Click here for more information regarding a partial knee replacement surgery.

    Knee joint replacement is a procedure that is done to replace a knee joint with an artificial joint.


    Knee replacement surgery in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

    Knee joint replacement surgery involves removing the damaged cartilage and placing man-made pieces called prostheses. There are two types of knee replacement procedures:

    • Minimally invasive knee replacement
    • Computer-assisted knee replacement


    A total knee replacement procedure is commonly performed to relieve severe arthritis pain.

    A total knee replacement may be necessary for the following knee problems:

    • You are having knee arthritis
    • Your knee pain has not improved with other treatment
    • You are experiencing knee pain that is limiting you from daily activities


    A total knee replacement procedure most often results with an excellent outcome. Some patients require a small amount of physical therapy to regain their strength.

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